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Away with the economic fairies

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 40 comments

Business confidence-August2015 front page

The ANZ survey shows business confidence at the lowest levels since the financial crisis. Yesterday John Key insisted that it was “reasonably positive”. He was either completely wrong or lying through his teeth. Either way it’s unacceptable.

Mike Hosking – The case of the vanishing journalist

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, August 29th, 2015 - 83 comments

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To try and excuse his obvious bias Mike Hosking is now claiming not to be a journalist (unfortunate that his bio material says he is). That Hosking would try and disown journalism speaks volumes to his character.

National scared of farmers?

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, August 24th, 2015 - 41 comments

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As the worm turns, the Nats are all over the place on health and safety. Andrew Little suggests that National is “terrified of the farming lobby”. Something sure has to explain the fact that they ended up fronting this crock.

Health and safety categories – ludicrous and venal

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, August 22nd, 2015 - 8 comments

Worm farm mini golf work safety

A small sample of the reaction to National’s “health” and “safety” nonsense.

Government braces for expected worm farm mini golf fatality onslaught

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 21st, 2015 - 50 comments

Woodhouse worm farming

Apparently worm farms and mini golf ranges are dangerous places.  And worm farmers playing mini golf are in grave peril.

Gower and the 3 News ratings slump

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 20th, 2015 - 68 comments

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Seems like Hosking is not the only journalist attracting attention for his obvious pro-National bias.

Most allegations against Julian Assange dropped

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, August 18th, 2015 - 94 comments

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Most of the allegations against Assange have been dropped but Swedish authorities still refuse to question him in London. And Assange still hasn’t been charged with a single crime.

Hosking, Henry and Media Bias

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 18th, 2015 - 187 comments

Mike Hosking biased

Yesterday a debate that has occurred on the Standard about how main stream media has a right wing bias became mainstream when Winston Peters accused Mike Hosking of being a National Party Stooge.  An online poll provided overwhelming support for his statement.  And recently Steven Joyce attacked Rod Oram because his analytical thoughtful analysis critical of the Government displayed evidence of left wing bias.

Parsing John Key on TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, August 17th, 2015 - 72 comments

TPPA

John Key made some outlandish claims about TPPA opponents this morning on the Paul Henry show.  And in response, as usual, he was not pulled up on his claims by his interviewer.

Williams sues Craig and Bomber takes on Police

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, August 14th, 2015 - 44 comments

Colin Craig

Two breaking news stories as Jordan Williams gets in first and sues Colin Craig and Martyn Bradbury is spoken to by police about a blog post advocating civil disobedience.

Free beer for all

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, August 12th, 2015 - 191 comments

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Diversion alert.  The Government considers that urgency should be given to changing the law to allow more beer to be drunk when the All Blacks are playing during the Rugby World Cup.

#Sheepgate – Key’s cheerleaders are sent in

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, August 7th, 2015 - 62 comments

SHEEP GETS BUCKET STUCK ON HEAD

John Armstrong thinks that National has bested Labour over #sheepgate because Key keeps saying it is all Labour’s fault.  And Hosking thinks the payment has a good business case despite the payment having not achieved the result that was being sought,

The Flag will make us rich

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, August 6th, 2015 - 66 comments

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John Key thinks the new flag will make us all rich and be worth billions.

The dump of the #sheepgate papers

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, August 5th, 2015 - 97 comments

Strange sheep

The sheepgate papers have been dumped and despite John Key’s claims to the contrary the only evidence of a change in position on live sheep exports is that of the National Government, not the previous Labour Government.

TPPA hopefully sinking again

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, August 1st, 2015 - 52 comments

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Looks like the TPP press conference has been delayed. Good. Lets hope this restraint of trade agreement stays that way. I had time to look at the varied opinions in the Herald this morning. A range from the good to the pathetic…

Jumped tripped or fell

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 29th, 2015 - 27 comments

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National’s week from hell

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

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This was the week from hell for National when they experienced the Serco fiasco, news that they responded to a suggestion they close a failing Charter School by giving it more money, the Judicial spanking of their undermining of the Problem Gambling Foundation and the ruling that their legislation removing the rights of some prisoners to vote was a breach of the country’s human rights.

Failing Charter School punished by increase in funding

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 31 comments

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The Friday afternoon bad news dump is on with news that Education Minister was recommended to close a poorly performing charter school.  She has elected not to do so and to instead give the school extra money.

The great state house sell off – small groups need not apply

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, July 21st, 2015 - 9 comments

housing is a right

Treasure has indicated that the sell off of State housing should occur in minimum lots of a hundred houses.  Only large wealthy organisations need apply and claims that the sale was about the building of capacity amongst local social service providers cannot be reconciled with this.

National doesn’t know what it’s doing on foreign buyers

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, July 20th, 2015 - 158 comments

headless-chickens

National on a foreign buyers register: Smith says no, English says yes, Collins says maybe, Key says – bad Labour!

Ben Guerin: a dirty politics fuckwit

Written By: - Date published: 5:11 pm, July 13th, 2015 - 104 comments

Ben Guerin - dickhead admin2

This pathetic young nat dickhead has slapped up a site purporting to be Labour. But he left his fingerprints all over the site. He is employed by a National party list MP Brent Hudson. You’d think he’d be old enough to not to leave his fingerprints while jerking off in dirty politics… Or not do dirty politics at all. Updated: site removed.

Another #Keyfib about Kiwisaver

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, July 10th, 2015 - 42 comments

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The treasury release of budget policy advice suggests that John Key’s claim that changes to Kiwisaver would not have any effect on participation numbers was, ahem, erroneous.

The surplusgoround

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, July 8th, 2015 - 56 comments

merry go round

The on again off again surplus is on again. Key will be kicking himself for telling us all that we’re not interested in this artificial target.

What is it with Herald Gossip Columnists?

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, July 5th, 2015 - 197 comments

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Another Herald Gossip Columnist has managed to land herself in hot water this week.

Press Council finds against Herald over ponygate reporting

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, July 3rd, 2015 - 76 comments

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The Press Council has ruled that Rachel Glucina and the Herald breached the requirement of independence contained in the Press Council’s principles.

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

Andrew Little

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

#Sheepgate – did National ask the Saudi Sheep Farmer to sue NZ?

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, June 24th, 2015 - 42 comments

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It seems crazy but it appears that National may have asked the Saudi sheep farmer to sue New Zealand.  And John Key seems to be relaxed about facilitation payments aka bribes.

Polity: Reductio…

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 22nd, 2015 - 29 comments

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Rob Salmond at Polity: DPF and Chris Bishop have conspired to come up with a new canard-of-distraction de jour. Today’s trope: “Labour are the conversatives, National the progressives, and Labour is the party of No.”

The NRA is a terrorist organisation

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, June 20th, 2015 - 106 comments

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In the land of the free and the brave the NRA is trying to say that the way to stop incidents such as the Charleston Church massacre is to have more guns.  And the right are trying to dispute the reality that the incident was caused by racism.

Enter Sandman

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, June 18th, 2015 - 52 comments

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Nathan Guy reckons he knows what killed hundreds of kiwi taxpayer funded lambs in the dodgy Saudi Arabian model farm. Believe it or not, this time it’s not Labour! No, it’s the Sanding of the Lambs.

Rachel Glucina leaves Herald and joins Mediaworks

Written By: - Date published: 5:38 pm, June 18th, 2015 - 27 comments

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Rachel Glucina is off to Mediaworks to run a new digital entertainment platform.

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